TORONTO - They have to find an answer for David Krejci and they have to find one fast.
And that is anything but easy.
People talk about the Boston Bruins and they talk about Zdeno Chara and they talk about Patrice Bergeron and they talk about grit and effort and all that matters. But they don’t talk enough about Krejci and how he changes teams, and games, and in this case, a playoff series.
He is one of those National Hockey League players who doesn’t get much publicity, doesn’t make headlines, doesn’t get votes for awards or all-star teams.
But all he does is win and make the Bruins better in the process.
The Bruins lead the Maple Leafs 2-1 in their best of seven quarter-final playoff series in part because the Leafs have found little solution to deal with the subtle game of Krejci, who twice has managed three-point games in defeats of the Leafs.
One three point in a playoff season can be a career highlight for some players. But to follow up a three-point game with a two-point game, at the time of year when it’s supposed to be most difficult to score, that would represent a career playoff year for most players.